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Audi R8
2018 Audi R8 Coupe V10 plus Front.jpg
Audi R8 V10 Plus (Type 4S)
Overview
ManufacturerAudi (Audi Sport GmbH)[1]
Production2006–present
Body and chassis
ClassSports car (S)
Body style2-door coupé
2-door convertible (spyder)
LayoutLongitudinal mid-engine[2]
RelatedAudi S and RS models

The Audi R8[2] is a mid-engine, 2-seater sports car,[2][3] which uses Audi's trademark quattro permanent all-wheel drive system.[2] It was introduced by the German car manufacturer Audi AG in 2006.

The car is exclusively designed, developed, and manufactured by Audi AG's private subsidiary company manufacturing high performance automotive parts, Audi Sport GmbH (formerly quattro GmbH),[4] and is based on the Lamborghini Gallardo and presently the Huracán platform.[5] The fundamental construction of the R8 is based on the Audi Space Frame,[2] and uses an aluminium monocoque which is built using space frame principles. The car is built by Audi Sport GmbH in a newly renovated factory at Audi's 'aluminium site' at Neckarsulm in Germany.[2]

It is also the first production car with full-LED headlamps.[6]

First generation (2006–2015: Type 42)[edit]

Audi R8 5.2 FSI coupé

The Audi R8, based on the Audi Le Mans quattro concept car (designed by Frank Lamberty and Julian Hoenig) first appeared at the 2003 International Geneva Motor Show and the 2003 Frankfurt International Motor Show. The R8 road car was officially launched at the Paris Auto Show on 30 September 2006. There was some confusion with the name, which the car shares with the 24 Hours of Le Mans winning R8 Le Mans Prototype (LMP). Initial models included the R8 4.2 FSI coupé (with a V8 engine) and R8 5.2 FSI coupé (with a V10 engine). Convertible models, called the Spyder by the manufacturer, were introduced in 2008. Followed by the high-performance GT model introduced in 2011. The Motorsport variants of the R8 were also subsequently introduced from 2008 onwards. An all-electric version called the e-Tron started development but would only reach production stage when the second generation model would be introduced.

6-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Jacky Ickx described the R8 as "the best handling road car today".[7][8][9]

The car received a facelift in 2012 and a new model called the V10 Plus was now added to the range. Production of the Type 42 ended in August 2015.[10][11][12]

Second generation (2015–present: Type 4S)[edit]

Audi R8 5.2 FSI coupé

The second generation of the R8 having the model code (Type 4S) was unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show and is based on the Modular Sports System platform shared with the Lamborghini Huracan. The development of the Type 4S commenced in late 2013 and was completed in late-2014. Initial models included the all-electric e-Tron and the V10 5.2 FSI along with the V10 plus. Unlike its predecessor, there was no manual transmission available and the entry-level V8 trim was also dropped.[13][14] In 2016, the convertible (Spyder) variant was added to the line up which was initially available in the base V10 trim. In mid-2017, the high performance V10 plus Spyder was added to the range. A rear-wheel-drive model called the R8 RWS was introduced in 2017.

In 2018, the R8 received a mid-cycle facelift with changes being mechanical and exterior only. The newer and more aggressive design language also has some elements carried over from famous Audi models of the past. Some of the aerodynamic features such as the front aeroblades are shared with the Lamborghini Huracàn. The facelift model has substantial performance improvements over the outgoing model.[15]

Production, available markets and sales[edit]

To produce the R8 at Audi Sport GmbH, 70 workers fit 5,000 different parts by hand. The factory at Neckarsulm, redeveloped at a cost of 28 million, usually produces between eight and fifteen cars a day, up to a maximum daily output of 29 cars.[2] Ninety-five lasers inspect the entire car in five seconds to ensure that over 220 measurements are within 0.1 millimetres of the programmed plans.[16]

Sales world wide[edit]

Year 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016[17] 2005–2016 (total)
Units 6[18] 164[18] 4,125[19] 5,656[20] 2,101[21] 3,485[22] 3,551[12] 2,241[12] 2,500[12] 2,216 3,688[23] 28,935

In Asia, the R8 is available in Bahrain, Kuwait, Pakistan, India, Israel, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Philippines, Thailand, Hong Kong and Vietnam, and has been available in China, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia since 2008.[citation needed]

Sales figures in the U.S[edit]

Year 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2007–2017 (total)
Units 240[24] 900[24] 699[24] 799[24] 1,145[24] 802[24] 813[24] 735[24] 495[24] 736[24] 772[25] 8,136

Sales figures in Europe[edit]

Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2006-2016
Units 80[26] 2,035[26] 2,935[26] 1,656[26] 1,632[26] 1,278[26] 1,046[26] 1,021[26] 859[26] 1,108[26] 1,428[26] 15,078[26]

European statistics include sales from the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.[27]

Sales figures in Canada[edit]

Year 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 November 2017 2007–November 2017 (total)
Units 34 [28] 155 [28] 152 [28] 137 [28] 147 [28] 116 [28] 111 [28] 116 [28] 89 [28] 158 [28] 225 [28] 1,436

Marketing[edit]

Marvel Cinematic Universe[edit]

The R8 became the personal vehicle for Tony Stark (played by Robert Downey Jr.) throughout six films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Type 42 models were used in the Iron Man Trilogy with a V8 used in Iron Man[29], a V10 Spyder used in Iron Man 2[30] and an e-tron prototype were used in Iron Man 3.[31][32] (Type 4S) models were used in further Marvel Studios movies with 2016 V10 Plus models used in Avengers: Age of Ultron[33] and Captain America: Civil War[34] and a Spyder model was used in Spider-Man: Homecoming.[35]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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